Critic’s Choice

By Lawrence Budmen

David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for music. This work recounts Hans Christian Andersen’s familiar tale in contemplative tones that mix Renaissance-based chant with layered vocal textures. Percussive sounds of bass drum, bells, chimes and glockenspiel accompany the text.

Originally conceived for four voices, Seraphic Fire will present five performances of Lang’s version for larger chorus, starting Wednesday night at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Miami. Short works by Josquin Des Prez and Nicolas Gombert precede the Lang score. Patrick Quigley conducts.

Seraphic Fire presents The Little Match Girl Passion 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Miami; 7 p.m. Thursday at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in Naples; 7:30 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Coral Gables; 7:30 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale and 4 p.m. Sunday at All Souls Presbyterian Church in Miami Beach.


Soprano Michelle Bradley made a highly praised South Florida debut in a recital for Friends of Chamber Music in 2016. Bradley returns on Sunday as soloist at the New World Symphony‘s chamber music matinee. She sings two French rarities–Ernest Chausson’s Perpetual Song and André Caplet’s The Prayers. The all-French afternoon also includes Poulenc’s Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano and the original chamber version of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals.

The New World Symphony presents “An Afternoon in Paris” 2 p.m. Sunday at the New World Center in Miami Beach.; 305-673-3331.

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